Rue Campagne-Première

Arrondissement 14

Numbers: 3, 5, 11, 18, 21, 29, 31b

A road to find cheap places to live for over a century it attracted many artists and writers like Modigliani who painted at No. 3 after he moved to Paris in 1906. Rosalie Tobia who the restaurant Chez Rosalie there was one of Modigliani’s models.

The road was named ‘First Campaign’ by a local landowner, Alexandre Camille Taponier. In 1793 he was a regular army sergeant who was present at the seizure of the Bastille in 1789. He was promoted to divisional general after distinguishing himself at the first battle of Wissembourg in October 1793, his first campaign.

From 1929 to 1935 Louis Aragon and Elsa Triolet lived together at No. 5 after sharing the same artists and writers’ house at No. 29 from 1924.

Elsa lived in room 12 at what is now the Hotel Istria, while other poets, artists and writers who came and went included Vladimir Mayakovsky, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray (whose studio was at No 31bis, where he was visited by many other artists including Dora Marr, who came to Paris in 1926 to study photography).

At the end of 1871 the young poet Arthur Rimbaud lived in a shed at No. 18 for three months with Jean-Louis Forain, while experiencing life in Paris with Paul Verlaine.

Jules Vallès, the editor of the highly popular newspaper during the Commune, the Cri du Peuple, was hidden for three months by a sculptor friend, François Roubaud, at No. 21 before escaping from France. He returned only after the general amnesty of July 11 1880.

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